"Five Stars" - "Home Theater Top Pick" - Home Theater Magazine
"Best-sounding AV Receiver I've Heard Yet"
The NAD T 787 AV Surround Sound Receiver's remarkable performance brings movies and music to life. It's the ideal choice for the most advanced home theater and multi-room systems. The T 787 features high definition 3D video at resolutions up to 1080p, the decoding of all the latest surround sound formats, and a whole lot of pure, clean power. Add NAD's exclusive Modular Design Construction (MDC) and the T 787 boasts enough performance and flexibility for many years of top quality entertainment. Though it's packed with a full array of features, the T 787 emphasizes simplicity with a user-friendly interface allowing you to enjoy every feature without hassle or confusion.
"Overall, the NAD T 787 is the best-sounding AV receiver I've heard yet," reports Michael Fremer in the August 2012 issue of Home Theater magazine. "Its superb sonics should be immediately obvious. And its future-proof modular design converts a product usually on its way to obsolescence upon purchase into a long-term investment."
MDC Means Future Ready
The ever-changing world of AV technology poses a great problem if you want the latest technology. So NAD devised a revolutionary approach to combat technology obsolescence and protect your AV investment. NAD's Modular Design Construction (MDC) lets you easily upgrade your T 787 to include future digital formats without replacing the entire AV receiver. It's totally unique and unprecedented. No wonder MDC won the prestigious Red-Dot Design Award, which dates back to 1955 and is one of the worlds largest and most distinguished design competitions.
Two Transformers are Better than One
Two toroidal transformers supply power separately to your front (left and right) and surround channels for true seven-channel power with better balance and efficiency. Even the most explosive music and soundtracks are a breeze for the T 787 thanks to 120 watts of continuous power per channel and NAD's PowerDrive. With PowerDrive, extra power is delivered effortlessly for dynamic immersive sound for music or movies.
NAD's exclusive PowerDrive amplifier technology automatically adjusts the power supply settings of the amplifier to the needs of the loudspeaker. This ensures remarkably dynamic and distortion-free performance with any type of loudspeaker, even demanding 4 ohm designs. Many less advanced receivers prohibit the use of 4 ohm speakers. With PowerDrive, the performance is always optimized for the actual operating condition and as a result, the amplifier exhibits very low distortion and good current drive in the real world. Explosive musical dynamics are effortlessly handled without added distortion.
'Music First' Audio
The T 787 uses the latest high-speed Dual Core Floating Point DSP technology for popular surround formats including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. NAD also included its own highly regarded EARS (Enhanced Ambient Recovery System) surround mode, which has been optimized to create warm natural surround sound from any two-channel source. EARS eliminates the artificial effects common in other DSP modes.
The T 787's video performance is as pure as its audio performance. Unlike other brands, NAD stays away from multiple format conversions and video processing that degrades video quality and instead focuses on sending a pure video signal to your display. The latest digital video technologies are supported, including 3D video in resolutions up to 1080p. The T 787 will also cross convert analog video sources, plus it offers the latest HDMI technologies like Consumer Electronic Control (CEC) and Audio Return Channel (ARC).
Set Up and Forget About It
NAD's unique AV presets can be configured to maximize your use and enjoyment of the T 787. With AV Presets, you can customize different sources or program material and save your preferences into a memory bank of five user-friendly presets. Inputs can even be renamed to make it easy to select your components.
Optimizing your T 787 home theater system is effortless with the help of a supplied calibration microphone and Audyssey MultEQ XT. It's like having your own acoustical engineer on hand to optimize your speakers for your room. And NAD worked closely with Audyssey to develop custom target response curves.
Audyssey auto setup employs the supplied calibrated microphone; simply locate the microphone at the listening position and engage the Audyssey system via a single remote-control key. The NAD A/V receiver automatically detects the connected loudspeaker layout, verifies correct connections, selects ideal crossover points, and adjusts each speaker's level and delay with precision that would be difficult or impossible to duplicate by ear alone.
NAD's proprietarily enhanced Audyssey MultEQ XT technology, the latest in digital sophistication, enables home theaters to sound the way they were intended in every seat by removing the distortion caused by room acoustics. Using the calibration microphone to "hear" your room, a series of test tones measure the speakers' response and the room's distorting acoustic reflections independently, and then calculates an ideal response that minimizes the effects of these reflections.
Dialog intelligibility is dramatically improved, precise imaging and sound stage are enhanced and the accurate localization of instruments for musical balance is optimized. While this sounds simple, the digital technology that is required for this level of performance would have cost many thousands of dollars just a few short years ago.
Loads of Connectivity
The T 787's connectivity gives you great flexibility and options. It's equipped with seven HDMI inputs and two outputs, as well as digital coaxial and optical inputs/outputs.
In addition to IP control there are IR outputs, 12V triggers, and an RS-232 port for easy connection to home automation systems. You can add speakers in other rooms or 'Zones', and with a simple on-screen setup and the supplied second zone remote (Zone output can be redirected to Back Surround channels), you can fill your home with high quality NAD sound. You can even add NAD's IPD 2 Dock for your iPod/iPhone.
Full Disclosure Power Ratings
Power sells audio products, so many manufacturers tailor their designs to obtain the best power ratings that can be contrived. In today's digital world, with uncompressed signals and multi-channel entertainment, these continuous power ratings drive designs that are inefficient, hot, heavy and expensive to produce.
Even worse, the sound quality of many such designs can be thin, overly bright, and lacking in musical texture. And since the power produced is far less than that "promised" when driving 5 or 7 loudspeakers, the dynamic power required for the full intensity of an action movie scene or orchestral climax is simply not available.
NAD's solution to this conundrum is to optimize its power supplies to drive real-world loudspeakers effectively. This requires a precisely regulated, high current power supply to be designed for each NAD amplifier and receiver. Thus NAD can rate its receivers with continuous 4 ohm loads, all channels driven simultaneously, full bandwidth (20 Hz - 20 kHz), and at rated distortion. This is a far cry from the commonly used FTC minimal requirement using 8 ohm dummy loads, and requiring no more than two channels to be stressed at a time, and those at an easy 1 kHz frequency, with no distortion specified!
"Five Stars" - "Home Theater Top Pick" - Home Theater Magazine
"With the T 787, NAD has taken a principled stand for superior sound quality over gadgetry and design elegance over buttons, bells, and whistles."
"If you do get to hear the T 787 in a proper setting, its superb sonics should be immediately obvious. And its future-proof modular design converts a product usually on its way to obsolescence upon purchase into a long-term investment."
"Overall, the NAD T 787 is the best-sounding AV receiver I've heard yet."
- Michael Fremer, Home Theater magazine, August 2012